Tag: Atheism

Faith and Reasons: Two Authors Explore the Persistence of Religious Feeling

RELIGION AS WE KNOW IT An Origin Story By Jack Miles BELIEVERS Faith in Human Nature By Melvin Konner Jack Miles’s new book opens with a question: What is religion, as we know it? Having edited “The Norton Anthology of World Religions” in 2015, after decades of teaching, this Pulitzer Prize-winning author is well aware […]

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Philip Pullman’s Defense of Free Thought

In his essays and speeches over the years, Philip Pullman has argued that fantasy stories have the power to change their audience and remake the world. His own stories are certainly getting a chance to try. The author of His Dark Materials, the beloved British fantasy trilogy about the adventures of the preteen heroine Lyra […]

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The Meaning of Marianne Williamson

One of the pleasures of the Democratic primary season so far has been watching some of my colleagues in the press have their first exposure to Marianne Williamson, a figure who has occupied an important role in the American religious landscape since my own mysticism-shadowed youth, without always getting the credit for cultural influence that […]

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Stop Calling Politics Our New Religion

Looking for a new villain to account for the polarization and sheer meanness of our current politics? Instead of blaming deep divisions over race, misogyny, immigration, income inequality and the bellicose Twitter reign of President Trump, many have seized on secularism as a scapegoat for everything that keeps politically conscious and conscientious Americans awake at […]

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I’m an Ethical Vegan. Can I Pay for a Client’s Carnivorous Meal?

As a business owner, I sometimes take customers out to lunch. But as an ethical vegan, I don’t want to subsidize the cruel meat and dairy industries. People seem to take my veganism as an affront to their lifestyle. Is there a way that I can, without losing customers, let them know that I just […]

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